How to Register to Vote

Published: July 21, 2018

Let’s face it, voting in the United States can be complicated. Every state has their own rules around casting ballots. And on top of that, they change the rules pretty often (thanks, Ohio). That’s why we’ve gathered the resources you need to register to vote in any state.

Every state except North Dakota requires you to register to vote. But even the state of “liberty and union” has its own formalities around who can and can’t cast a ballot. Why risk being “that guy” on election day? Register to vote now! Or if you voted in the past, now’s probably a good time to make sure your registration is still valid.

The easiest way to register is online. Currently, 36 states plus the District of Columbia provide online registration. Click on the name of your state below to begin the process.

Alabama Indiana Ohio
Alaska Iowa Oregon
Arizona Kansas Pennsylvania
California Kentucky Rhode Island
Colorado Louisiana South Carolina
Connecticut Maryland Tennessee
Delaware Massachusetts Utah
District of Columbia Minnesota Vermont
Florida Missouri Virginia
Georgia Nebraska Washington
Hawaii Nevada West Virginia
Idaho New Mexico Wisconsin
Illinois New York

If your state doesn’t offer registration online, you can still complete the process from the comfort of your home through good ‘ole fashion snail mail. With the exception of Wyoming and military personnel stationed abroad, anyone can download the National Mail Voter Registration Form, fill it out, and mail a printed copy to the location listed for their state. If you are a Wyoming resident, there’s a mail-in form just for you! Learn more here.

Looking for more options to register to vote? Search by state on vote.gov to see the best options available for your area.

Better hurry because registration isn’t open forever! Each state has it’s own cutoff date for voter registration. Get the full list of deadlines here. Don’t be the only one of your friends who doesn’t get a sticker on election day!